Minorities and minorities rights in Europe


M. McDonald
Pages: 395 pages
Shipping Weight: 1200 gram
Published: 07-2008
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058870049

Product Description

Questions concerning minorities are high on the agendas of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Events in eastern Europe, the former USSR and in Yugoslavia pushed minorities to the forefront of international consciousness in the 1990s, and the fate of groups in various theatres of conflict continues to trouble the international conscience.

Following Bosnia, we think of Kosovo, and Chechnya. There have been other conflicts, not always violent, where ethnicity is part of the context if not the whole story. For Europe, we could name Estonia and Latvia, Greece and Turkey, the United Kingdom, Spain and Cyprus, the Caucasus and beyond, as among the corners where an ethnic or part-ethnic drama is still being played out, though some situations are less dramatic than before, and in others there are prospects of reconciliation.

In this 2-volume collection and overview of Minorities Rights/protection mechanisms within Europe is being presented.

Among the presented subjects are: the European Convention on Human Rights, The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, The Advisory Committee, The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Protection of a specific minority: the case of Roma/Gypsies, Council of Europe summits and decisions of the Committee of Ministers.